July 16th, 2010

belgium

Voting reflection

At a reception last night I bumped into a former colleague who I hadn't seen for a while. We compared notes on the recent election, and discovered that for slightly different reasons we had voted the same way. I was tickled by the idea of my friend, who is one of the least socialist people I know, voting for the far left PVDA+, in his case out of disgust at the raving nationalism of the other parties. We spotted the former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies on the far side of the room; I dissuaded my friend from going over to ask him why his son, now the leader of the right-wing Liberals, is such an idiot. (It's a fair question, but the father is probably not the person to ask.)